Players in the tourism sector of Kenya have disagreed about the different plans to hold general elections in August or December because they are both high seasons for tourists therefore it could scare them away.
The Chairman of the Mombasa and Coast Tourist Association, Mohammed Hersi said if the elections are held during one of those two months, it could ruin the sector like in 2007 yet it has taken them a long time to reach the stage they are on.
The constitution wants the general elections to take place in August and the government wants them in December.Hersis said the tourism sector has been performing very well since last year and it reached the Sh 100 billion earning target. He said the sector has to move forward not backwards.
The decline of the shilling in 2011 made sure the tourists spent more like they were doing in foreign currencies. This led to more currency in the market and the more the tourists, the higher the returns for the country.
He said there are more international tourists flying on chartered flights which operate 40 times a week. One comes from South Africa and flies into Mombasa by the end of the month.
During the Christmas period, bed occupancy at the coast was 70% but during the New Year celebrations, the hotels became fully booked. This means that the country hit its target of receiving 1 million tourists in the country last year.